With the start of the spring and summer festival season just weeks away, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival now joins a growing list of major outdoor concerts impacted by the growing threat of the coronavirus. Organizers announced this afternoon that they have canceled the 2020 outdoor event and ticket holders will receive a full refund.
Health concerns have led to the cancellation of several large-scale music events so far this year. Just two weeks ago the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, one of the largest music festivals in the country, rescheduled its event to October.
Firefly made the announcement on their website: “At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are saddened to confirm the cancellation of Firefly Music Festival 2020. We take the safety and health of our fans, staff and community seriously and we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.
“We are deeply disappointed by this difficult decision, one that impacts our fans and our incredible team of performers, crew, vendors and our community.”
The concert was supposed to take place June 18th to the 21st at the Woodlands in Dover.
All Firefly 2020 ticket holders who purchased tickets through the official ticket provider, Elevate, will receive a full refund. Or ticket holders may choose to transfer their ticket to Firefly 2021. Ticket holders will receive an email outlining the refund and transfer process by Friday, March 27, 2020.
Winterthur Cancels Point to Point
Last week Winterthur formally canceled their largest event of the year, the 42nd running of Point to Point. This is the first time Winterthur ever had to cancel in advance of the event. Last year, organizers canceled the race because of relentless rain that created a dangerous track for riders. Tailgaters still came to enjoy in the revelry.
Winterthur said they regret they cannot host the 15,000 who come out each year for the fun-filled day. “The biggest concern for us is disappointing the community — the riders, the owners, the trainers and the spectators,” said Winterthur spokesperson Mark Nardone. “But we are as responsible for protecting the public health as anyone else.”
Ticket holders can donate the cost of their tickets and receive a full tax credit or request a refund.
In a Facebook post, lead race organizer Jill Abbott expressed the dismay of both Winterthur and racegoers at the cancellation: “None of us could have imagined we would be in a position to make this announcement today. I thank all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and racing community for your understanding and look forward to Sunday, May 2, 2021.”